Charity Partner and joint head of Politics, Elections and Campaigning

Experience

Rosamund advises a wide range of charities, foundations and public benefit organisations (national and international) on establishment, campaigning, governance, philanthropy, fundraising and enterprise activities. She also advises on mergers, restructures and incorporations. Her clients include start-ups, household name charities, international foundations, campaigning bodies, membership bodies, royal charter bodies and corporate foundations. Rosamund enjoys working across a broad range of sectors including children and young people, the arts, education, health, human rights, the humanities, international development and faith-based charities.

Rosamund is Joint Head of BWB's Politics, Elections and Campaigning group, and is also recommended for advice on election law, included within BWB's Legal 500 Tier 1 Electoral Law ranking.

Rosamund advises donors, funders and non-party campaigners  on elections and referendas.

Rosamund is recommended as a leading Charity Lawyer by Chambers (2017, band 1) and Legal 500 (2016, band 1) and was nominated as a Super Lawyer in the UK.

Examples of recent work

Rosamund is described by Chambers and Partners (2017) as giving 'much lauded assistance to several household-name charities with governance, risk and issues with public policy implications' and by Legal 500 (2017) as 'an absolute star'. Rosamund has recently given advice on:

  • Innovative charity applications, including wide ranging public benefit issues
  • Campaigning, political and electoral activites: particularly in relation to the 2015 General Election, the 2016 Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and London Mayoral elections and the EU Referendum, including advising Britain Stronger in Europe, designated as the lead campaign group on the Remain side of the EU Referendum debate
  • International organisations including many high profile US Foundations on their operations, including a dual-qualified US-UK charitable foundation
  • Mergers and restructures
  • Parliamentary scheme for PDSA to amend its Act of Parliament
  • Charity Commission investigations, reviews and regulatory compliance
  • Governance and membership for a wide range of charitable, professional and campaigning bodies, including advising on comprehensive  governance changes to the governance of Amnesty International (UK Section), the National Federation of Womens Institutes and the National Union of Students
  • Philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and international funding for corporate foundations
  • Sponsorship and brand issues for literary prizes and other arts organisations, including acting as long standing counsel  for the Booker Prize Foundation
  • International grant-giving and compliance for overseas charities and donor advised funds, to include HMRC and Charity Commission guidance

Qualifications and career

  • University of Bristol, BSC (Hons)
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite as a trainee in 1992
  • Appointed as a Partner in 1999
  • Period of consultancy for BWB from 2002-2006, before being reappointed as a Partner

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Founder and first chair of Poet in the City
  • Chair of the BWB Foundation
  • Trustee of Citizens UK
  • Trustee of the Friend Publications
  • Director of the Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize Ltd (now responsible for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK)
  • Lecturer and governance trainer for Onboard and BWB
  • Member of the Charity Law Association and various working parties
  • Board and company secretarial experience including being a former Trustee of the Small Charities Coalition and Free Word

Publications and lectures

  • Contributing author to “The Fundraisers Guide to the Law” (Directory of Social Change)
  • Regular commentator in the media